Sandile Fakudze 桑德樂

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PART 1:Study Experience in International Bachelor Degree Program on Energy, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan(English)


Why Taiwan?

Sandile is an international student from Swaziland and studies Energy Engineering in National Cheng Kong University (NCKU). In his introduction, he used three words to describe himself: easy-going, ambitious, and a thinker. Graduated from the most disciplined high school in Swaziland, Sandile became a competitive student.

Swaziland has long-term diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, which allows students from Swaziland to come study in Taiwan.  In Taiwan, most of universities have Chinese Learning Centers (CLC), where international students can learn Chinese. When Sandile first arrived Taiwan in 2011, he enrolled in Providence University (靜宜大學) Chinese Language Education Center to learn Chinese before starting his formal degree. The following year, he enrolled in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and expected to graduate in 2016.

Why NCKU?

Sandile gave a brief introduction on NCKU and mentioned that NCKU ranked No.22 in Engineering and Computer Science around the world in 2014. Also, having 9 colleges, 45 departments, 82 graduate institutes, and 54 research centers makes NCKU one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan.

Sandile decided to study Energy Engineering, formally known as the International Bachelor Degree Program on Energy, and officially established by College of Engineering in 2012.

The International Bachelor Degree Program on Energy is comprised of 50% Taiwanese students and 50% international students around the world. Sandile also mentioned that most of the core courses in Energy Engineering is similar to the core courses in Mechanical Engineering, such as heat transfer, thermodynamics, etc. But what makes the energy program in NCKU special are specialized courses in Renewable Energy, such as Photovoltaic, Wind Energy, Biomass, etc.

In addition to the academic strength, NCKU offers programs to help international students to transition to Taiwanese lifestyle. Amongst those programs is the Language Exchange program and the Buddy-Buddy Program. NCKU Buddy-Buddy Program arranges a Taiwanese student to buddy up with an international student to help the international students to get used to the life abroad and adapt to the local lifestyle.

Why Energy Engineering?

The primary reason behind Sandile’s decision in studying Energy Engineering is the country’s largest challenge – energy shortage. In Swaziland, both academia and professional practice has high demand of energy engineers to resolve major challenges in sustainable energy provision.

Aside from core courses, Sandile also conducted some researches and one of them was a research of Biochar in reducing CO2 emission from traditional energy harvest from coal. He also participated in a research in developing automated solar panel cleaner to tackle the issue of injuries and accidents during the cleaning process. He wants to utilize his knowledge that he gained in Taiwan to make solar water pumps for dry area during drought seasons in Swaziland with other students from Swaziland.

In the talk, Sandile mentioned that one of his favorite courses was Energy System Design, which was a 3-credit required course with a lot of practical works. Students who take the course will need to build a sustainable energy system or device. Aside from working hard on school works, Sandile also served as the captain of Energy Football team and took part in Energy Students Association.

Life in Taiwan

When Sandile first moved to Taiwan for school, he would only eat in McDonald and KFC because he is somewhat familiar with the menu. After he learned to speak Chinese, Taiwanese cuisine like fried rice and beef noodle soon became his favorite. In his years of living in Taiwan, he has adopted the local lifestyle in Tainan quite well that he can give suggestions like: riding a scooter would be much more convenient if you want to get around in Tainan.

In his gaining, Sandile would like to share three things with the viewers of his talk. First, the exposure to the new technology such as smartphones and Internet enabled him to learn more and faster from the Internet. Second, the cultural diversity in NCKU gave him many opportunities to interact with people from different culture. Last but not the least, traveling in Taiwan is one of the greatest experiences in Taiwan and he highly encourages international students take chances to get to know Taiwan by traveling.

 

PART 2:Preparation to National Cheng Kung University

Waiting to be recorded.

 

PART 3:Q & A

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International Bachelor Degree Program on Energy, NCKU

 

成功大學簡介

成大假我以傳承 我假成大以我身

“雲會飄向最高的山顛

花會開在最燦爛的季節

魚游集在蔚藍 鳥棲止在蒼翠

就像我們總會不自覺的在這棵榕樹下碰面"

(翠蔭成大 張瑋儀博士)

“打從來到成功大學的第一天

我就深深地愛上了她

做為成大的教授 不免深自期許

老師樂於分享,學生勤於學習

從學習問問題中成長

彼此激盪出智慧的火花

成大是一所胸禁開闊的大學

學生來自五湖四海

没有地域門戶之見

大學中充滿藝術與人文的氣氛

學生們充分享受成大的資源

校友們極樂意回來貢獻所長

如此大學 不必要求一團和氣

反而充滿活力與挑戰 並容許

嚐試錯誤 從失敗中學習

這是我心目中的成大 求新求變的學術殿堂”

(成大詩篇湯銘哲教授)

大學首選 成功大學

成功大學介紹圖-1 成功大學介紹圖-2 成功大學介紹圖-3

為學子建構知識無國界的新知識領域

古西方的景致、超現代的樓層,新舊交替,中西輝映,成大為學子建構知識無國界的新知識領域。在古都的古樸文風及校訓「窮理致知」的精神薰陶下,孕育出成大純樸踏實的校風,每個人在成大這個大家庭裡,相互融合、又各自發展,任成大人自在悠遊,盡情享用豐富的學習資源。

研究成果亮麗 居全國翹楚 南成大 北臺大之美譽 不是浪得虛名

歷年來,成大師生研究論文總篇數,均位居全國各大學數一數二的地位。成大是南臺灣學術研究重鎮,擁有「南成大、 北臺大」之美譽,絕不是浪得虛名。成大人才輩出,研究風氣鼎盛,產學合作頻繁,成果亮麗。

師資陣容最堅強 教學資源最豐沛 紮實 創新 活潑 多元化的學程 讓每位學子快樂吸取新知

堅強的師資陣容、豐沛的教學資源及卓越的研究成果,是成大推向國際一流大學的雄厚根本,而紮實、創新、活潑、多元化課程,更充分滿足學生的求知慾。此外,成大與近百所國際知名大學及研究機構締結姊妹校關係,除擁有跨國雙學位的優勢,遊學、短期進修、交換學生等國際學術交流活動也非常頻繁。

成功大學介紹圖-6 成功大學介紹圖-8 成功大學介紹圖-5

座落於文化古都 科技新城 在校園中,傳統與現代的對話隨時進行

成大校園樹蔭濃密,老榕樹屹立榕園百年,在朗朗讀書聲中更見滋長,不管是來自哪裡,都將在這兒迎接另一種新的光合作用。在成大,傳統與現代的對話隨時進行。與成大相輔相成的台南市,是台灣開發最早的古都,國家古蹟五十餘處,這不僅是台南府城的驕傲,也是成大取之不盡的文化資源。

在成大 學生社團經常熱鬧上演  學生宿舍幽靜典雅有家的感覺

造就自信,歷練人際關係,多采多姿的社團生活是學習成長的潛在課程。成大學生社團一百多個,社團成立時間或有遠近,難能可貴的是每一個社團皆自行組織,獨樹一格,蓬勃發展,學生皆可依自己興趣、專長、抱負或理想選擇參與社團,自由自在地悠遊在社團的活動中,快樂地享受青春時光。

企業界最愛 從一九九三年迄今,成大年年蟬聯企業界最愛

窮理致知是成大人學習生活的標竿,誠樸穩健則是成大人就業工作的準則,根據天下雜誌、遠見雜誌、Cheers 雜誌針對國內成大自 1993 年迄今,年年蟬聯「企業界最愛」,無論是專業能力、團隊精神、敬業精神…等等,成大畢業生表現最好,兼具初入職場的爆發力與任職期間的續航力,贏得企業最愛千里馬的封號。

成功大學介紹圖-7

 

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